Session 10 | March 30, 2009

IN-CLASS

  • 1:30pm class begins
  • 1:45pm Wall Reviews/Status meeting:
    • COLLEGE NIGHT 2009: completed posters for wall review (Note: clients coming In today for first review.)
    • BLUES FEST: handbill, program spreads (new assignment Ad)
    • GRAD NIGHT POSTERS: status report
    • HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: tri-folds family look
    • PMN Logo Usage Guidelines: style review status
    • ENRICHMENT CAMPAIGN: comps  and printer’s quotes
    • M-TECH: troubleshooting and preparing cookbooks status
    • KVCC ART SHOW: prototype for Awards and tags
    • POLICE: program status
  • New Assignments: 1.) T-shirts designs Portage Paddle Fest, 2.) Portage Public Library
  • 3:00pm Karen Visser / Matt Dennis: College Night Posters
  • 4:00pm Lynn Berkey: Police Academy Graduation Program (Becky)
  • 5:05pm class ends

(TENTATIVE) HOMEWORK | IN-THE-WORKS THIS WEEK

  • HABITAT: logos attached, brand Builders handbook is in class folder or can be obtained online see below.
  • COLLEGE NIGHT: Have posters ready for Design Studio (DS) wall review for Monday. I would be happy to do a pre-review by e-mail and would welcome the opportunity to give you feedback before the wall review. Karen Visser and Matt Dennis will be In later in the class to have you present your ideas to them. Attached Is a GIF of the WMU logo am trying  to get a vector image but you can use this as a placeholder for now.
  • PMN LOGO GUIDELINES: would like to see where you will be taking it Chris and Brandon.
  • BLUES PROGRAM: attached is a PDF that you can use to grab text from to start designing. Would like to see a sample spread of 2 pages of bio. I am attaching a copy based off of last years. Note please look and see where the paragraph, character and object styles are used. We will discuss how to use them next week in class.  Brandon B., Aaron and Tim: please take these 2 pages and redesign/restyle them to work with Brandon B’s poster design. Guitar T-shirt needs some layout attention. I’d like to see a copy of all the Chosen T-shirts as a PDF before Monday. Tim: regarding commemorative poster. need to put KVBA logo on, venue, dates, acts, website URL (act copy should be finalized soon) You may omit other sponsor logos, visa master card, all the admission stuff… kids/backpack check etc.
  • ENRICHMENT: comps for DS review and hopefully printer’s quotes can be shared with DS.
  • M-TECH: next steps: troubleshooting and preparing cookbooks
  • GRAD NIGHT POSTERS: need status report Nick/Andy?
  • KVCC ART SHOW: Posters/invites done. Next steps: Prototype for Awards and tags? Thomas do you want some one else to do these?
  • POLICE: Becky, can you send me a PDF of the current state of the program. Thank you. Also, if you have not done so preflighting It now would be a good idea. (I know it is not complete and photos are still coming…)

NEXT CLASS | April 6, 2009

UPCOMING | Monday, April 13

  • 3:30pm Karen Visser / Matt Dennis: College Night Posters

Session 9 | March 23, 2009

EXTRA CREDIT OFFER IS OVER

For those of you that took the time to earn the extra credit I hope you found the exercises interesting. All have something to do with Perception that relates to design and I hope to have time to discuss in class.

IN-CLASS

  • 1:30pm class begins
  • 1:45pm Individual Reviews: College Night 2009 Poster / Postcard promotion
  • 2:00pm Brian Zipp: Logo Usage Guidelines
  • 4:00pm Lynn Berkey: Police Academy Graduation Program (Becky)
  • 5:05pm class ends

HOMEWORK | IN-THE-WORKS THIS WEEK

The information below was e-mailed to you all with attachments of the WMU logo (FPO), Habitat logos, Blues program files. If you did not receive please e-mail me or check with a class member to get the attachments.

ALL: There is still much to do this term — and there is a lot to keep track of. Please give these jobs as much attention as you can. Again, I am here to help via e-mail (FYI during the weekend I check e-mail less often, but will reply to you ASAP) Below is current status/next steps/deliverables:

  • HABITAT: logos attached, brand Builders handbook is in class folder or can be obtained online see below.
  • COLLEGE NIGHT: Have posters ready for Design Studio (DS) wall review for Monday. I would be happy to do a pre-review by e-mail and would welcome the opportunity to give you feedback before the wall review. Karen Visser and Matt Dennis will be In later in the class to have you present your ideas to them. Attached Is a GIF of the WMU logo am trying  to get a vector image but you can use this as a placeholder for now.
  • PMN LOGO GUIDELINES: would like to see where you will be taking it Chris and Brandon.
  • BLUES PROGRAM: attached is a PDF that you can use to grab text from to start designing. Would like to see a sample spread of 2 pages of bio. I am attaching a copy based off of last years. Note please look and see where the paragraph, character and object styles are used. We will discuss how to use them next week in class.  Brandon B., Aaron and Tim: please take these 2 pages and redesign/restyle them to work with Brandon B’s poster design. Guitar T-shirt needs some layout attention. I’d like to see a copy of all the Chosen T-shirts as a PDF before Monday. Tim: regarding commemorative poster. need to put KVBA logo on, venue, dates, acts, website URL (act copy should be finalized soon) You may omit other sponsor logos, visa master card, all the admission stuff… kids/backpack check etc.
  • ENRICHMENT: comps for DS review and hopefully printer’s quotes can be shared with DS.
  • M-TECH: next steps: troubleshooting and preparing cookbooks
  • GRAD NIGHT POSTERS: need status report Nick/Andy?
  • KVCC ART SHOW: Posters/invites done. Next steps: Prototype for Awards and tags? Thomas do you want some one else to do these?
  • POLICE: Becky, can you send me a PDF of the current state of the program. Thank you. Also, if you have not done so preflighting It now would be a good idea. (I know it is not complete and photos are still coming…)

NEXT CLASS | March 30, 2009

Session 8 | March 16, 2009 | Extra Credit

EXTRA CREDIT | ONE WEEK ONLY OFFER! March 16-22, 2009

Something that is important in design is solid awareness of your perception and the way you receive information visually. Below are a few  assessments / online games that fall into different  areas which are important for designers to be aware of. Go to the pages and do the following and take screen shots of the last page/score, send me the screen shots (6 total) and you will earn a  4.0 for Extra Credit in this class. (the whole thing should take no more than one hour) Note: you will not be graded on the scores, that just lets me know you did the test. Do ALL the exercises completely and you draw your own conclusions from the experience. We will discuss next week in class what you found out.

Screen shots can be made on a Mac by clicking  Shift + Command + 4 (the cursor turns into a cross-hair with numbers. You drag out a box around the items you want to take a screen shot of, a PNG file named Picture 1, Picture 2 etc will be placed on he desktop).

OPTIONAL: If you find these assessments interesting I suggest you take the Strength Quest Assessment through the Student Success Center in Anna Whitten Hall call/contact Ken Barr (kbarr@kvcc.edu) to make arrangements to take the online assessment. It will take about 40 minutes to complete and will identify 5 of your top Strengths. As I said i took the accessment and foind it to be very accurate. Here are the first 3 strengths in the accessment so you can see these are deep, core strengths and may not point to a specific job/career but give even more insight:

  1. achiever People especially talented in the Achiever theme have a great deal of stamina and work hard. They take great satisfaction from being busy and productive.
  2. activator People especially talented in the Activator theme can make things happen by turning thoughts into action. They are often impatient.
  3. adaptability People especially talented in the Adaptability theme prefer to “go with the flow.” They tend to be “now” people who take things as they come and discover the future one day at a time.

IN-CLASS

  • 1:45pm class strategy and planning session
  • 3:30pm Karen Visser: College Night 2009 Poster / Postcard promotion
  • 4:00pm Lynn Berkey: Police Academy Graduation Program (Becky)

HOMEWORK | IN-THE-WORKS THIS WEEK

  • Kal-Haven T-Shirt: Brandon A. (make changes based upon client input)
  • KVCC Art Show Posters/Invite/Awards/Program/Tags: Thomas + (Design comps for invite, tags, program, awards)
  • CNM Graduate Show Posters/Invite/Awards/Program/Tags: Nick, Andy V.  (Get with client, Karen Matson and Design comps for invite, tags, program, awards)
  • Enrichment Campaign: Thomas + Paul (Printing Quotes for different pieces)
  • Police Academy Program Design: Becky further development of design
  • Blues Fest/T-shirts/poster/handbills/program: Brandon B., and Tim’s designs for the posters. Brandon A, Aaron’s, and Tim’s T shirt designs. Brandon B. “Please contact me.” – A.Stork
  • M-Tech: Thomas, Becky, Chris – further development of protype. Questions sent to client for feedback. Wes to act as: tutorial student in prep for client training
  • College Night: Develop concepts, and direction. Originaly small group but Due to the "High Visability" was opened up to entire class based upon interest. All who are interestedL be prepared to chat with instructor next week about your design direction/thumbnails. We will not do a wall review next week. Samples below (click on image for larger preview)


NEXT CLASS | March 23, 2009

  • Individual instructor review with each designer (feel free to come early to class and get it over with 😉
  • PMN Logo Guidelines: Client, Brian Zip
  • 3:00pm Habitat for Humanity: Client, Ann Kilkuskie
  • 4:00pm Lynn Berkey: Police Academy Graduation Program (Becky)

Session 7 | March 9, 2009

IN-CLASS

  • 1:30pm Fill out Self/Class Midterm Evaluation Form: Thank you for your honest assessment of this class. It will help direct the rest of the term.
  • Wall Review of Art Show Posters: Designers agree to forward designs to Arleigh for decision by Wednesday.
  • Wall Review of Kal-Haven T-shirt Designs
  • 4:00pm – 2009 Kal-Haven Trail Run T-shirt design: Terry Huchins in Studio to receive T-shirt design presentation frpm Nick, Brandon A, Brandon B, Chris F, Chris B., Andy, 
  • 4:00pm – Police Academy Program Design: Lynn Berkey in Studio to receive Program Designs from Becky, Stephanie, Jesus and Wesley.
  • 4:00pm -Tim Degryse: Tim DeGryse in Studio to explain direction for program. They are still deciding between Brandon B., and Tim’s designs for the posters. They want to use Brandon A, Aaron’s, and Tim’s T shirt designs. He discussed with each modification needed on thier designs.

HOMEWORK | IN-THE-WORKS THIS WEEK

  • Police Academy: Lynn Berkey e-mailed saying she had been out sick no decision on design has been made as of yet.
  • Kal-Haven T-shirt designs: Terry Hutchins was not able to get with his co-director of the race. A decision is still forthcoming..
  • M-TEC Program: client Pat Wallace has directed changes to Becky and Thomas. Changes are being implemented.
  • Enrichment Campaign: client Lesa Strausbaugh has directed questions and request for quote to Thomas and me. A series of e-mails back and forth ha developed next steps in the process. Interest in going forward with Pass it on Card, some type of reversable magnet with  “I need enrichment/I enriched someone today” messaging, calendar (either print based or electronic, as well desktops/screensavers with inspirational message. Need to stratagize regarding development of all pieces of the campaign.
  • KVCC Student Art Show materials: client Arleigh Smyrnios made her decision among the 8 designs that were e-mailed to her. She has decided to go with a design from Thomas. She was impressed at the strength of the designs and now we need t strategice implementation of the design across all the elements.
  • CNM Graduate Show: and other almost identical program (poster, invites, program, etc.) that runs at the end of the term is the CNM Graduate Show in which almost all of you will be showing your work. Karen Matson is the faculty adviser and Thomas Mills is helping. Design Studio has always done the designs for this as well. Rather than have you all duplicate the poster project I asked both if they were okay with using a modification of Nick’s design, as ti captures the essence of the CNM in a compelling and symbolic way. Both agreed so Nick will be working with Karen and Thomas to modify his poster for that purpose.
  • Blues: There was an immediate need for a 1/4 page ad in B/B and Brandon B. was contacted to turn it around quickly based on his poster design. (Note: this does not to imply that Brandon’s Poster design will be used for the final festival design — it was decided that it would be the strongest at the smaller size 3.5 x 4.58″.) Brandon worked with Tim and me and went through 3 quick rounds of design/revision. Client feedback: “I thought it looked good! I am happy with it.” Thank you  Brandon.

NEXT CLASS | March 16, 2009

  • As the above reveals: you have been incredibly busy.
  • We need to regroup and get very clear on who will be doing what on each project. We will be having a lead designer on the larger/multiple piece projects with others acting as support and backup.
  • Terri Williams’ pre-press class may preflight and proof your work as well. (still not finalized)
  • We have 3 jobs yet to start. A series of tri-folds, a poster/postcard promotion for an event and a logo usage guideline document.
  • I am posting some small versions of the designs that have been worked on that have come across my e-mail this week to express my gratitude for the strong work you all have done. You can click on image to see a slightly larger version…